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France’s Columbus Cafe Announce 4 New Locations

May 03, 2022

France’s Columbus Cafe Announce 4 New Locations

France’s favorite coffee shop—Columbus Café & Co—is building its presence in Montreal, with the announcement of four exciting new locations. 
Founded in France in 1994, the engaging brand quickly gained became a favorite due to its premium coffee products, intriguing menu and a modern, inviting ambiance that makes it the perfect destination to linger over coffee with friends, meet for a lunch or stop in to grab a coffee and a bite to eat while on the go. 
Locals and visitors loved the bright and well-designed concept, spurring Columbus Café & Co to expand internationally. In 2001, a café opened in Brussels and by 2007 Columbus Café & Co began franchising, while at the same time welcoming Nicolas Riché as CEO. 
Close to 30 years after its inception, there are more than 200 locations across France and internationally, with the first North American café debuting on Mont-Royal Avenue in Montreal in 2020, followed by a beautiful site on Park Avenue. 
Just last week, Columbus Café & Co opened a 910-sq.-ft. café at Carrefour Laval, just in front of Simons.
And, the expansion continues, as the concept—voted the best coffee-shop chain in France by Allegra Coffee Symposium—fills the void left by the closure of several Starbucks locations around Montreal. A new café is under construction at 262 St. Catherine W (in the former Starbucks adjacent Place des Arts) and the team has just finalized a deal to open a 1,883-sq-ft. café at 2153 St. Catherine W. Plus, the company is announcing plans to open its first drive-thru café in Quebec, a 2,088-sq.-ft. location at 269 Rue Sicard, Sainte-Thérèse.
It’s an exciting time for this marque global brand as it makes it mark in North America. The Think Retail team is proud to work with this forward-thinking company that epitomizes quality on every level, from its delicious coffee to gourmet menu and fabulous branding. 
The logo—a big-hearted, but sophisticated bear—anchors the concept, which is full of personality, making it a perfect addition to neighborhoods seeking a high-end coffee shop that doesn’t feel like a cookie cutter chain. Columbus Café & Co is the ideal place to enjoy hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, salads and Buddha bowls, plus an array of quality baked goods and sweet treats.
The French café is ready to open more sites in Montreal: High-traffic street front locations are ideal, but Columbus will also consider the right fit in busy super regional malls, open-air centres and other non-conventional locations. High traffic is the key and the optimal size is 1,500 sq. ft. 
For more information about the innovative Columbus Café & Co concept, contact the Think Retail Team.